The Transport Select Committee has launched an inquiry looking at issues surrounding pavement parking in England.
According to the cross-party group of MPs, pavement parking “creates real problems” and cars parked on footpaths “represent a real danger” for those with visual impairment, those with mobility aids and parents with children, the group said.
Councils face additional costs to repair damage to surfaces which are not designed to take the weight of motor vehicles, the TSC added, as it claimed a lack of progress in tackling pavement parking has led many groups to campaign on the issue, however, it said the Government has not taken any action on this issue in recent years.
“This is an area where some people’s actions cause real difficulties for others. Parking on pavements risks the safety of all groups of people from the littlest to the oldest, with differing needs. While we’re also inquiring into Active Travel – how we get more people to get into walking and cycling – we need to make sure it’s safe to take to the streets. We want to hear from the public about the difficulties this presents and the solutions on offer,” said Lilian Greenwood MP, chair of the Transport Select Committee.
Responding to the launch of the inquiry, Edmund King, AA president, said: “It is right that anti-social pavement parking, which prevents and restricts wheelchair users, blind and partially sighted people and pushchairs travelling around our communities must be tackled. However, a blanket ban would be a step too far. A street-by-street assessment is needed to decide where it may be suitable to allow pavement parking. Where pavement parking is allowed, seven out of 10 drivers say the bays should be marked out to show how much of the pavement can be used. Pavement parking poses problems on both inner city streets and rural lanes, so the outcome needs to be tailored to the circumstances.”
As part of its inquiry, the committee is calling for written evidence on the following subjects:
- the impact of pavement parking;
- the enforcement of pavement parking offences; and
- enforcement and, if necessary, reform of traffic regulation orders need to deal with pavement parking.
The closing date to submit written evidence is 14 May 2019.